Sunday, February 24, 2008

1000 Days at Sea...More like 307

On April 24, when Reid Stowe, 55, decided to sail for 1,000 consecutive days with his significantly younger girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad, 23, who, at the time said it was her first time sailing, except for a few trips up and down the Hudson River, we knew this was a bad idea. Just a few days into Reid and Soanya's love voyage, Ms. Ahmad had gotten seasick quite a few times. At that time, Sail Brooklyn wondered how Soanya would react to the Southern Ocean, which is arguably the world's most dangerous water.

While we're not claiming to be soothsayers, but the Southern Ocean did get the best of Soanya and at day 307, she climbed off the Schooner Anne and headed to terra ferma -- Perth, Australia, to be exact. According to the 1000 Days at Sea Website, Sonya decided to call it quits "due to Sonya's seasickness over the past few months, brought on by their entry into the Southern Ocean." Reid writes,"since entering the Roaring 40s in late November, Soanya has suffered from recurring and disabling seasickness, resulting in a loss of appetite, weight loss,
and apathy."

Sonya was picked up by the good folks at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. I'm sure a little R&R adn a good time with the Aussies will cure her apathy. Frankly, we didn't think she's make it this long. Particularly because just 15 days into the voyage, they collided with a freighter.

Reid Stowe is continuing his voyage and according to him, has or is planning to break the following records:

  • Longest man and woman sea voyage
  • Longest consecutive time at sea for a woman
  • Longest time out of sight of land
  • Longest non-stop American sea voyage.
  • Longest space analogous experiment on the ocean
We're not sure which is more of an entertaining train wreck, 1000 Days at Sea or Britney Spears. Regardless, we'll continue to gawk.

Godspeed Reid!

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At Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:41:00 PM, Blogger Sercet Squirrel said...

Well I can't say I share your feelings about the 1000 days at sea couple. I have a deep respect for anyone that take on a large goal that necessitates the testing of ones self against the sea. I think of Tania Aebi another NYer that chose to match wits with the sea and did what many thought was suicide. To all those that take on goals far beyond themselves. Ignore the skeptics and cynics. Everyone and anyone is capable of accomplishing something great.

At Thursday, February 28, 2008 3:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following this bizarre story since the start. Not any crazier than a lot of other folks out to chase some fairly meaningless record (you must have read A Speck on the Sea). Fine by me, but if only we could put that much energy, focus, and dedication instead into youth sailing programs for South Brooklyn! Imagine that, free Optimist and Laser sailing off the Valentino Pier or in the lee of Liberty Island!


BC from Carroll Gdns

At Tuesday, April 22, 2008 10:05:00 AM, Blogger bonnie said...

One year down, two to go...

That's a long 2 years ahead of him, though.


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